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Every time I hear a new psychedelic band I think, “That’s it!  This band has perfectly captured the psychedelic sounds of the ’60s!”  But then a new band comes along with a different sound and I realize just how diverse is the genre of psychedelic music.  From like Tame Impala and Pond, to the more straight-edged Foxygen to Coke Weed, and in comes Quilt.  Straying from the heavy electric guitars and wild synths, Quilt’s single, “Arctic Shark” takes a page from the jangly sounds of The Byrds and early Jefferson Airplane.  With a little bit of country and some non-sensical feel-good lyrics, Quilt flow through their song at a happy and very trippy pace.  Below, you can watch the video which mostly features the band on blankets with fruit and vegetables.  Quilt’s newest album, Held In Splendor, will be out in January.  In the meantime, check them out on tour (tour dates after the break).

-M. Kauf

 

Quilt – Arctic Shark:

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The Killers are getting ready to release their Direct Hits next month it’s brought with it a new song.  Produced by M83, “Shot at the Night” is a strong addition to the group’s catalogue.  Brandon Flowers urgently calls out amidst an orchestra of synths and booming drum beats.  It’s got all the makings of an 80s romantic flick soundtrack in the best possible way.  Recently, the group released a video to accompany the song which features Flowers gesturing in front of some windows and a girl living out her fantasy.  Watch it below and look for  Direct Hits on November 11th.

-M. Kauf

 

The Killers – Shot at the Night

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Dancing in the Dark, the intimate synth anthem by Bruce Springsteen has to be one of my favorite songs of all time.  Not just because of the incredible original, but because of the large of amount of covers, each with their own take on this minimal song.  My new favorite is the slow-burning cover by Woman’s Hour.  The four piece from London have yet to release an album, but their singles so far are powerful pieces of synth pop, something like The XX if they were a less minimalistic and a little more lively.  The group’s take on “Dancing in the Dark” stretches out the song, lingering on each note, allowing the tension to sink into your soul.  Woman’s Hour may not be releasing their debut until October 21st, but in the meantime we at least have this remarkable take on one of rock’s greatest songs.

-M. Kauf

Woman’s Hour – Dancing in the Dark:

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Normally we don’t post songs attached to names this big, but this cut is too important to ignore. Backed by immaculate production from NO I.D, Big Sean, Kendrick, and Jay Elec spit seven minutes of pure fury. Big Sean holds his own, and Jay comes through with some fantastic quotables, but, as usual, Kendrick steals the show.  The second I heard K-Dot’s voice I knew it was over. It’s the same voice he uses on ‘Jig is Up,’ one full of unadulterated disdain. He not only calls out every rapper from Drake to J. Cole, but he also claims to be the king of New York. Hip-hop is an art form grounded in competition, and Kendrick is the first MC in awhile who commands enough respect to call out the hottest MCs in the game. Hip-hop isn’t dead, it’s asleep, and Kendrick is bringing the trumpets. it’s more than a verse, it’s a call to action. 

-Elmar

 

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In 2011 Gorilla Warfare Tactics dropped their first EP, Premier, and set the internet ablaze. With a sample driven, boom-bap sound provided by the production duo Imagine 1984, and an unbelievably smooth flow from Dilla, they garnered a huge buzz led by their lead single ‘Temptations.’ GWT proceeded to disappear for the next two years until they resurfaced with Zoology. ‘KINGDOM’ is the final track off the tape, which is one of my favorites of the year. Honestly there’s just not many people that are lyrically on Dilla’s level right now and the production on the tape is flawless. I’d actually recommend listening to the whole thing in order, but I had to pick one song to post. Enjoy!

-Elmar

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Big L should be turning 39 today. Here is a freestyle he did in ’95 on the Stretch & Bobbito show with Jay-Z. Keep in mind Jay didn’t drop Reasonable Doubt until ’96. I’ll let the two legends speak for themselves on this one. RIP to a master cut down in his prime.

-Elmar


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I originally wasn’t going to post this song because it was released over three years ago (Intuition’s Girls Like Me) and I don’t know much about Intuition but I’ve had it on repeat for months now so it’s going on the blog. The song centers around the idea that once you’ve achieved fame, and become numb to it, you can never recapture your old magic. Kind of like sex on ecstacy, or so I’ve heard. The infectious hook and soothing guitar are too nice. Intuition comes through with some witty self-deprecating lines and Slug does what Slug does: rap about struggles with music, substances, and women. Overall it is a great song which actually has a feel-good vibe despite its message. Check it out!

-Elmar

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